Adam McCallum grabbed Portadown's equaliser (©INPHO/Brian Little)
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Portadown booked their place in the last eight of the BetMcLean League Cup following a penalty shoot-out defeat of Newry City at The Showgrounds.
Connal Morrison might have handed the Ports the early advantage when, on five minutes, he raced down the left-hand side but with only keeper Andy Coleman to beat he shot across the face of goal and wide.
Portadown looked the more likely to open the scoring, coming close again on 25 minutes through Kevin Braniff who twisted and turned in the six-yard box before firing straight at Coleman.
However, it was Newry that went in at the break on top after a 40th minute Keith Johnston corner from the left was met by Darren King who turned a powerful downward header beyond Declan Dunne from close range.
Braniff almost levelled for Portadown around the hour mark. He cut in from the left and beat his marker but his near post drive was tipped around the upright.
At the other end a few minutes after that Neil Mullen saw a strong header from ten yards drift off target before Mark Hughes had a go from 25 yards only for the ball to be deflected over.
Portadown got back on level terms with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining through Adam McCallum's bullet like header after connecting with Kyle Neill's corner from the right.
Adam Salley had the ball in the net not long after that but his 'goal' was ruled out offside while Chris Lavery also came close with a free-kick which beat the wall but not Coleman.
Both sides had their chances in extra-time, too, with Stephen Teggart seeing an effort tipped over before Lavery curled a shot wide.
But it required penalties to settle the game, and set up a quarter-final tie at home to Linfield, with the Ports emerging victorious after Braniff, Salley, Lavery and Ryan Carmichael all converted.
PENALTY SHOOT-OUT SEQUENCE (ABBA METHOD)
Newry City - Kevin McArdle - saved - 0-0
Portadown - Kevin Braniff - scores - 0-1
Portadown - Adam Salley - scores - 0-2
Newry - Keith Johnston - saved - 0-2
Newry - Stephen Teggart - scores - 1-2
Portadown - Chris Lavery - scores - 1-3
Portadown - Ryan Carmichael - scores - 1-4
Newry City: Coleman, King, Boyle, McCann, Walker, McCabe, M. Hughes, Delaney, Teggart, McArdle, Mullen subs Maguire (not used), Lavery (replaced Walker 19), Johnston (replaced Delaney 32), Healy (replaced King 45), Durnin (not used), McCaul (not used), Taylor (not used)
Portadown: Dunne, Neill, McCallum, Flynn, Lavery, Kilmartin, Braniff, Hall, Wilson, Carmichael, Morrison subs Carson (not used), Salley (replaced Morrison 59), Blair (not used), Thompson (not used), Douglas (not used), Robinson (not used), Tipton (not used)
Referee: Andrew Davey